Update: 12:00 P.M. EST: MLB Trade Rumors owner and lead writer Tim Dierkes provides us with details of the Hernandez contract, which, as expected, is heavily incentive laden.
MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes has learned that Hernandez will earn $200K for reaching 140 and 155 innings pitched, $300K for reaching 170 and 185 innings pitched, and $500K for reaching 200 innings pitched.
After remaining mostly quiet for this week’s MLB Winter Meetings, the Phillies finally made a transaction of note Thursday morning, adding pitcher Roberto Hernandez on a one-year contract.
Source: Phils agreement is with Roberto Hernandez. Formerly Fausto Carmona.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 12, 2013
The pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona has spent eight seasons in the major leagues, with his most recent stint in Tampa Bay where he finished 2013 with a 6-13 record with a 4.89 ERA, 113 strikeouts to 38 walks. Hernandez started his career in Cleveland, where in his second season (back when he was Fausto Carmona), he recorded 19 wins and finished as a top-5 vote-getter in the AL Cy Young race.
Since then, Hernandez has been unable to recapture the form that had many analysts pegging him as a long-term star in the American League. He has had just one winning season since his 19-win 2007 campaign, and has posted a sub-4.00 ERA just once. His 24 home runs allowed in 2013 with the Rays were a career-high.
Hernandez is expected to round out the back-end of the Phillies rotation which, as it stands, won’t look awfully different from last season. If the team does not make any more additions, expect (in some order) Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, Roberto Hernandez, and one of either: Jonathan Pettibone or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to make up the teams opening day pitching cycle.
The terms of the deal have yet to be released. Many look at the Hernandez signing as a low-risk addition with the potential for some reward. Hernandez is far from his form in 2007, yet despite the win-loss record in 2013, he showed some signs of hope moving forward. His 38 walks were the fewest he posted in a season with over 100 IP, and his 6.7 K/9 would be a welcome addition to the 4-5 pitcher slot for the Phillies.
Stay posted for any additional moves over the course of the week.